Young Scooter

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Young Scooter
Birth name Kenneth Edward Bailey
Born (1986-03-28) March 28, 1986 (age 28)
Walterboro, South Carolina, U.S.
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Genres Hip hop, Southern hip hop, trap
Occupations Rapper
Years active 2010-present
Labels Black Migo Gang, Freebandz, 1017 Brick Squad
Associated acts Gucci Mane, Future, Yo Gotti, Waka Flocka Flame, Cartel MGM

Kenneth Edward Bailey (born March 28, 1986), better known by his stage name Young Scooter, is an American rapper from Atlanta, GA,[1][2] who is affiliated with Freebandz and 1017 Brick Squad Records[3][4] and signed to his own label Black Migo Gang. Scooter grew to prominence in 2012 after releasing a number of successful mixtapes and collaborating with notable rappers such as Gucci Mane, Future, Waka Flocka Flame and Chief Keef.[5] His mixtape Street Lottery received positive reviews and was certified gold on popular mixtape site DatPiff.[6] It was placed at number 24 on SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013.[7] Scooter's upcoming debut album Jugg House is set for a release in 2014.[8][9][10]

Biography[edit]

Scooter was born in Walterboro, South Carolina. When he was 9, his family moved to the Kirkwood Community (a.k.a. Lil Mexico) of Atlanta, GA. In 2008, after he was charged with drug trafficking, he decided to start pursuing a career in music. Scooter is a childhood friend with fellow Atlanta rapper Future.[2]

While his first mixtape Plug Talkin didn't receive much attention, with his second release Finessin and Flexin' he made a name for himself, already collaborating with major artists Future, Rocko and Waka Flocka Flame.[5] Scooter put out 2 more mixtapes in 2012 – Married to the Streets and Voice of the Streetz, featuring production from Zaytoven, DJ Spinz, Nard & B, Da Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and guest verses by Gucci Mane and Alley Boy.[11]

Scooter's real breakthrough came in January 2013 when he released his mixtape Street Lottery. SPIN named it "Rap release of the week"[12] and XXL featured it on its "Best mixtapes of January" list.[13] Eric Diep of XXL called Scooter "one of the hottest street rappers coming out of Atlanta" and wrote that tracks like the single "Colombia" and "Street Lottery" (featuring Bun B) are "proof of his undeniable talent".[13] The tape was also a viral success gaining over 100,000 downloads on DatPiff.[6] The official video for "Colombia", directed by Decatur Dan, premiered on MTV on January 31. The song became a hit in the south, especially in Scooter's hometown Atlanta.[4] Brandon Soderberg of Spin classified it as a mix of Rick Ross' "Hustlin'" and Future's "Tony Montana".[12] By the end of the month, an official remix with rappers Rick Ross, Birdman and Gucci Mane was released.[14] Lil Wayne also covered the song for his mixtape Dedication 5.[15] The rapper's recent success prompted OnSmash to state "the buzz for Scooter is at an all-time high."[16] On April 8, Scooter was arrested for violation of parole.[17]

Scooter's collaboration mixtape with Gucci Mane Free Bricks 2 was released on February 28, 2013.[18] On August 29, 2013, Young Scooter released his mixtape From The Cell Block To Your Block, featuring guest appearances from Future, Gucci Mane, Wale, YG, Lil Boosie, Webbie and Lil Phat, among others.[19] His upcoming street album Jugg House will be released in 2014.[8]

On October 25, 2013, Scooter announced that Street Lottery 2 would be released on January 1, 2014. He revealed guest appearances to come from Cam'ron, Wyclef Jean, Birdman, Future, Gucci Mane, and Plies among others.[20]

Musical style[edit]

Scooter is known for his freestyle type of rapping, without writing down his lyrics, similarly to Gucci Mane. He has defined his style as "count music," and explained it in an interview with Complex: "I don't really care what I say on a beat as long as it's about some money. When you try to think hard and write it out, that's when it's gonna be fucked up."[5]

Scooter's lyrical themes are largely about money and drugs. David Drake of Complex compared his "populist, kingpin rapping" to that of Young Jeezy, although he noted that Scooter doesn't have the "all-encompassing grandiosity" of his fellow Atlanta rapper.[5]

Scooter is influenced by famous hip-hop artists such as Jay-Z, 50 Cent and Diddy.[2]

Legal issues[edit]

Young Scooter was arrested for probation violation during a traffic stop in DeKalb County, Georgia, on April 8, 2013. According to HipHopDX, Scooter shared a jail cell with frequent collaborator Gucci Mane, who was arrested for probation violation on April 12, 2013.[21] Scooter spent six months behind bars before being released in mid-October, 2013.[22]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • 2014: Jugg House

Collaboration albums[edit]

Mixtapes[edit]

List of mixtapes, with year released
Title Album details
Finessin' & Flexin'[24]
  • Released: September 26, 2011
  • Label: Freebandz
  • Format: Digital download
Married To The Streets[25]
  • Released: January 21, 2012
  • Label: Freebandz
  • Format: Digital download
Plug Brothers[26]
(with Cartel MGM)
  • Released: June 27, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Voice of The Streetz[27]
  • Released: November 2, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Street Lottery[28]
  • Released: January 1, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Free Bricks 2[18]
(with Gucci Mane)
  • Released: February 28, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
From The Cell Block To Your Block[29]
  • Released: August 29, 2013
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
Street Lottery 2[20]
  • Released: January 1, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
80's Baby[30]
  • Released: July 5, 2014
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
US R&B
US Rap
"Colombia"[31] 2012 Street Lottery
"DI$Function"[32]
(featuring Future, Juicy J and Young Thug)
2014

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other artist(s) Album
"Birds Take a Bath"[33] 2012 Future, Young Jeezy Astronaut Status
"Anything You Want"[34] Dose, Future Foreign Dreams
"All We Do"[35] Yung Ralph Juugman Reloaded
"Plug Relation"[36] Cartel MGM Hood Azz Mexikan
"Smoke Alarm"[36]
"Money Habits"[37] Gucci Mane Trap God
"Don't Trust"[37]
"Rolly Up"[37] Gucci Mane, Waka Flocka Flame
"Shooter"[37] Gucci Mane, Yung Fresh
"Dead Man"[37] Gucci Mane, Trae tha Truth
"Fuck Something"[37] Gucci Mane, Kirko Bangz, Waka Flocka Flame
"Sky Diving"[38] OG Boo Dirty, Gucci Mane Definition Of A G
"On It"[39] Mike WiLL Made It, Chief Keef Est. In 1989 2.5
"Muphucka"[40] 2013 Mexico Rann F.B.G: The Movie
"Missing"[40] Future, Big Bank Blank
"Everything Ours"[40] Future
"Appeal"[40] N/A
"Murda She Wrote"[41] Waka Flocka Flame, Cartel MGM Duflocka Rant 2
"Fuck With It" Young Thug 1017 Thug
"Big Guwap"[42] Gucci Mane Trap God 2
"Bullet Wound"[42] Gucci Mane, Lil Wayne
"I Need More"[43] Fredo Santana Fredo Kruger
"I'm Good"[44] Future The Mission
"New Money"[45] Shawty Lo, Cash Out I'm Da Man 4
"Plug Prices"[46] OJ da Juiceman 6 Ringz Vol. 2
"Holmes"[47] Migos, Gucci Mane N/A
"Who U Wit"[48] Verse Simmonds, Yo Gotti, Trouble
"Can't Handle Me"[49] Gucci Mane, Young Dolph EastAtlantaMemphis
"Investigation"[49] Gucci Mane, Young Dolph, Big Bank Black
"Play No Games" (Remix)[50] Frenchie Long Overdue
"Done It All"[51] Casino Ex Drug Dealer
"Short Fuse"[52] Waka Flocka Flame, Eldorado Red DuFlocka Rant: Halftime Show
"Grew Up"[53] Young Dolph, Project Pat High Class Street Music 3: Trappin Out A Mansion
"Muddy"[54] Gucci Mane, Young Dolph Trap House III
"Money Counter"[55] Alley Boy War Cry
"Topside"[56] Gunplay, Young Breed Acquitted
"Maserati"[57] Philthy Rich, Gucci Mane N.E.R.N.L. 2
"Ea$tside"[58] Trinidad James, Gucci Mane, Alley Boy, Childish Gambino 10 PC Mild
"Faces"[59] Gucci Mane World War 3: Lean
"Cali"[60] Diary of a Trap God
"Recognize"[60] Gucci Mane, Akon
"Pickup and Dropoffs"[61] Chevy Woods Gang Land 2
"Convicts" Donkey Loyalty Means Everything
"Project Building"[62] E-40, Gucci Mane The Block Brochure: Welcome To The Soil 5
"Big Plays"[63] 2014 Taylor J N/A
"What You Said"[64] Project Pat N/A

Music videos[edit]

As lead artist[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"77 Birds"
(featuring Gucci Mane)
2012 G Visuals[65]
"Cash Money" Cricket[66][67]
"The Corner"
"Down Bad" G Visuals[68]
"Hardest Thing In Life" The Kid G Rank[69]
"Flying Packs"
(featuring Cartel MGM)
GT Films[70]
"Colombia" 2013 Decatur Dan[71]
"Street Lights"
(featuring Gucci Mane and OJ da Juiceman)
Mr. Boomtown[72]
"Streets Talking"
(featuring Shyst Red)
Cam Kirk[73]
"Colombia" (Remix)
(featuring Rick Ross, Birdman and Gucci Mane)
Gabriel Hart[74]

As featured artist[edit]

List of music videos, with directors, showing year released
Title Year Director(s)
"Anything You Want"
(Dose featuring Future and Young Scooter)
2012 G. Visuals[34]
"All We Do"
(Yung Ralph featuring Young Scooter)
Cricket[35][75]
"Money Habits"
(Gucci Mane featuring Young Scooter)
"Dead Man"
(Gucci Mane featuring Young Scooter and Trae tha Truth)
Philly Fly Boy[76]
"New Money"
(Shawty Lo featuring Cash Out and Young Scooter)
2013 GT Films[77]
"Shooter"
(Gucci Mane featuring Young Scooter and Yung Fresh)
Mr. Boomtown[78]
"Holmes"
(Migos featuring Young Scooter and Gucci Mane)
Mike Ryan[47]

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